Botswana Table Tennis Association (BTTA) is already up and running on its feet following the re-opening of sports activities two weeks ago.
BTTA has already lined up a top 16 tournament, which will be contested by all players both males and females in singles category, and it will be hosted on the 3rd of July at BUAN University.
The tournament will witness Botswana’s top 16 ranked players, both male and female go head-to-head in a battle to be crowned the best among the best in Botswana.
According to BTTA’s public relations officer (PRO) Tiro Motswasele, as the exco they are happy to have an activity lined up already. He said “This is because our players have been inactive for some months, now we are starting and they are preparing themselves.”
“Some of the players use table tennis prizes to earn a living, inactivity also resulted in players gaining weight due to no energy expenses,” Motswasele opined.
Moreover, Motswasele noted that the tournament is sponsored by Phoenix Assurance Group. He said “there will be another tournament end of July and August, then the grand slam is scheduled for end of September this year with several and more prizes to be won.”
“With this coming tournament, the winners will walk away with P3000 each in both men and women whilst their runners second and third will get p1500 and p750 each respectively,” noted Motswasele.
Furthermore, Motswasele highlighted that BTTA have been granted permission to let affiliated clubs to use Botswana National Youth Council (BNYC) training rooms for their preparation for the upcoming tournament.
He said: “BNYC management and staff have been with Table tennis through thick and thin, our previous tournaments were hosted at BNYC training rooms, as ping pong family we really appreciate how they are assisting us.”
Amongst the players who will participate in the tournament in the Male section includes the top kf the rank Bakang Maloka, Sean Dekop, Tshenolo Mooketso, Boago Malobela.
The ladies section includes Tshepiso Rebatenne, Boitshwarelo Butale, Olorato Ramagapu, Salome Matlhatsi and Oratile Kedisaletse amongst others.